Shark Tooth, the innovative fishing line management system, would like to congratulate Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler Kevin VanDam on his record setting and historical win at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.
VanDam set a record for the heaviest winning weight in a Bassmaster Classic, when he brought a three-day total of 69 pounds, 11 ounces of largemouth bass to the scales February, 18 – 20, 2011. The win was not only remarkable because of the size of the fish, but also because it tied him with Rick Clunn for the most wins in Classic history with four.
The win also marked the 20th of his B.A.S.S. career, eclipsing Roland Martin’s previous record of 19 for the most wins in Bassmaster history. The $500,000 Champion’s purse also pushed his career earnings to $5,078,976.50, the most in Bassmaster history as well.
The 42-year-old from Kalamazoo, Mich. said that he is honored to be mentioned in the same sentence with those great anglers, but he’s never thought of setting records. “It’s truly an honor to share a place with Rick and Roland; but, being able to catch or tie records has never been my goal,” VanDam said. “My focus has always been on winning bass tournaments, and that’s what I try to do every time I’m on the water.”
To win requires the ability to recognize environmental factors that dictate fish movement and make adjustments accordingly. Winning also requires being at the height of efficiency; which is why VanDam joined the Shark Tooth pro staff. “I have to stay on top of my game to win against these guys, and being efficient is key to winning,” VanDam said. “I try to set myself up to be as efficient as possible, and that’s why the Shark Tooth is a part of my tournament preparation. Shark Tooth helps me keep my line organized and easy to spool; which gives me more time to concentrate on other things.”
Jesse Holt, the President of Shark Tooth expressed his excitement over VanDam’s record setting win. “Kevin is such an incredible angler, and an even better person,” said Holt. “We’re proud to be associated with such an amazing individual and happy for him and his family’s success in New Orleans.”